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Humanistic sans

It started all with Edward Johnston's Underground (1916), and continued with Eric Gill's Gill Sans (Thomas Worthington writes: "Not actually as good as Edward Johnston's London Underground type - in particular the loss of legibility in lower case 'L' Vs the digit 1 Vs upper case 'I', and the much less graceful upper case 'R' (which Gill was quite proud of for some reason) and 'Q'. However, Johnston never produced even lower-case bold while Gill is available in a huge range of variations which make it a very useful family."). Jan Tschichold has been very influenced by Gill Sans (1928) for this humanist sans serif drawn in 1933/36 for Uhertype, the first photo-typesetting machine, whose typefaces were designed by Jan Tschichold. For a revival of this, extending Gill and Johnston, see Thierry Puyfoulhoux's Tschichold.

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file name: Monotype Gill Sans W G L 1990 1998


file name: Eric Gill Gill Sans 1929 Poster by Jane Chang 2015







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